Single-segment speed run of Metroid Zero Mission done on April 14 2005. Available in 4 versions: 20 fps normal/low quality, and 60fps high/insane quality.
Author's comments: Getting a really good any% time was starting to frustrate me, so I started working on a single-segment run for fun. I like single-segment runs for three main reasons:
- you don't have to worry about manipulating luck since you can't save,
- the run is done nice and quick,
- no one had recorded a single-segment any% run for SDA.
My goal was to break GameCube04's any% record (29:54), but I ended up settling for under 30 minutes. After a while, luck rears its ugly head in single-segment runs too, and I was getting frustrated, so 29:58 will have to do. Besides, beating 29:54 by a couple seconds wouldn't last more than a couple of weeks.
As for the run, I was doing pretty good until I hit the suit boss in Chozodia. I messed up spore spawn, but other than that, I don't think I made any errors that I would call big ones. The suit boss, though, was awful. My hands started to hurt from playing for pretty much a day straight and you can't exactly stop in the middle of a nice run, so I had to deal with mistakes in my run. After the suit boss, there's a lot of simple mistakes - one of them is almost comical, as I miss making a jump about 4598439 times before finally grabbing onto the ledge. Excluding these mistakes, though, I'm very proud of this run, as I've yet to see anyone within a minute of it. It's definitely breakable and I may improve it sometime soon, but right now I'm working on a segmented any% run.
This run wouldn't have been possible without three people - GameCube04, who talked ZM with me even though he had utterly no desire to play it; nate, for capturing my run and for inspiration; and my dear friend ukie, for basically letting me have his Gamecube, Gameboy Player and link cable.